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Screen time for Preschoolers

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The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to foster healthy media habits for children at a young age. Here’s what they recommend:

  • Limit your child’s screen time based on their age
  • Under 18 months should not have any screen time (apart from video chatting family/friends)
  • 18-24 months may be introduced to high-quality, educational media
  • 2 years+ should be limited to no more than 1 hour of screen time daily
  • All media use should be supervised and used as an interactive learning tool appropriate for your child’s age
  • “Screen free” zones should include your child’s bedroom and mealtime areas
  • Excessive screen time for children is linked to behavioral issues, sleep problems, obesity, and other health concerns. Keep your little one healthy by encouraging a variety of activities that both stimulate their minds and allow for active play!
  • As always, if you have questions about screen time, consult your pediatrician.

For more information, visit these American Academy of Pediatrics links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Healthy-Digital-Media-Use-Habits-for-Babies-Toddlers-Preschoolers.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Where-We-Stand-TV-Viewing-Time.aspx

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